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Halfway shows off fire station

June 01, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

HALFWAY - Members of the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway dedicated a $2 million addition and renovation to their fire hall on Saturday afternoon.

Among the dignitaries on hand for the ceremony were U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., State Del. Bob McKee, R-Washington, and Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

The renovations will provide more room for the company's growing number of active members, according to Halfway President Jim Kimble. Of roughly 200 members, about 85 are active, including 14 paid personnel, he said.

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The company added an emergency medical service in the winter of 1996, including an ambulance and about 30 volunteers, Kimble said.

The addition allowed company officials to move a makeshift bunk room and office out of the building's fourth bay, so the department now has four drive-through bays, he said.

The new bunk room can house 16 people, compared to the old one, which only could accommodate four, he said. They had to duck to get into the old bunk room, he said.

The addition at the 11114 Lincoln Ave. fire hall also includes a meeting room, a board room and individual offices for the chiefs, he said.

Besides a fire hall, the company has another facility on Lexington Avenue around the corner for bingo operations and special events that seats 200 people, Kimble said.

The company is awaiting word from Moose International on its latest offer to buy the vacant Moose lodge on Downsville Pike so the company can expand its bingo operation, Kimble said.

Company officials also are looking at other options in case Moose officials turn down the offer, he said.

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